The Western Piedmont Council of Governments has been awarded $175,000 from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency to rehabilitate five (5) homes scattered throughout McDowell County. The primary goal is to encourage the essential rehabilitation of scattered-site single-family housing units owned and occupied by lower-income households with an elderly and/or disabled fulltime household member or with a child under the age of 6 whose health is threatened by the presence of lead-based paint hazards and veteran households with incomes at or below eighty percent (80%) of the area median incomes. The amount of funds available for the rehabilitation of each home can vary from $5,000 to $25,000, depending on the condition of the home. Staff is currently taking applications for this program. Homeowners desiring additional information or wishing to apply for the ESFR Program may do so by contacting Jennifer Cannon at 828-322-9191 ext. 4250.
McDowell County Public Works, Animal Shelter, Transfer Station and all 7 Convenient Centers will all be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019. In Observance of Martin Luther King Day. We will resume normal operations on Tuesday January 22nd. Please note the only Convenient Center opened on Tuesday will be our 226 South site. All other Convenient Centers will re-open on Wednesday, January 23rd
January is National Blood Donor Month. Right now, the American Red Cross urgently needs donors to give blood. Opportunities to donate in McDowell County are several this month. The next opportunity to donate is January 22, from 10am to 2:30pm at McDowell Tech. Call 803-2884 to schedule an appointment.
The Cooperative Extension is offering a Master Gardner’s training program that includes completing 40 hours of volunteer service as an intern. Some sessions are open to individuals interested in a specific topic, but not needing to take the entire course. There will be an informational meeting January 31st at 10am in the extension board room. For more information call Molly Sandfoss, Extension Director, at 652-8104
The YMCA reminds you to Rethink and Reframe your New Year’s Resolutions. They suggest you start small...break those big resolutions into small achievable goals. Getting healthy is a big resolution...break it down into small goals.